Dreamy Modern Bedroom Ideas

Modern bedroom decor isn't all harsh squares and bright chrome. There is plenty of versatility within modern design style, and a lot of variance depends on your bedroom space and your lifestyle needs. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Choose a Classic

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Give your room a modern feel with a piece of furniture that identifies with a particular design style. For instance, an instantly recognizable mid-century modern lounge chair quickly and clearly sets a design tone for the room.

All in the Family

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An easy way to add cohesion is to coordinate color tones in the room. The styles of the lamps and accessories themselves may differ, but the matching hues tie the room together.

Keep it Together

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For those into minimalism, consider a bed where the side tables are seamlessly integrated into the design. Not only does it minimize the need for additional furniture, in keeping with the simple, minimalistic approach, but it also gives a fluidity and connection between both sides of the bed.

Shift Focus

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If you love the industrial modern look and are lucky enough to have exposed brick and piping, consider minimalistic flooring and furniture to let the drama of the walls stand out. A dark low-slung bed and dark wood or large tile flooring provide subtle style that won't distract the eye away from the elemental focal points.

Radical Elements

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Ultra-modern design takes the modern aesthetic a step further, using unusual shapes and textures to give detail within a minimalistic structure. To get the look, aim for simple pieces with an attention to detail, like a sleek platform bed with tufted styling. Mix angular shapes with rounded ones and soft surfaces with hard for an eclectic modern look.

Show Off Your Lights

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Add dramatic flair with no drama to a room with a modern statement pendant light. You want to consider not only the lamp itself, but also how the light plays in the room and what is needing illumination. We like glare-free for bedside in particular.

Nothing on the Side

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If you want flowing design, consider eliminating a bedside table altogether and use pendant lighting instead of a bedside table lamp. This allows for the potential of an open-flow room, where the bed doesn't have to be against the wall. Hanging pendants also eliminate the need for nearby outlets, giving flexibility to furniture positioning within the room.

An Effortless Sanctuary

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Make a guest bedroom look like a spa retreat with a simple daybed and statement lighting. Crisp white walls and a simple lighting fixture happily sit in the background, while wood floors and a Scandinavian-style platform bed add warmth.

Stand Out from the Crowd

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Add personality to a contemporary design with the addition of a statement piece, like a mid-century modern lamp. Paired with more neutral furniture pieces, the contrasting featured item draws the eye and brings the room together.

Match Materials

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Bring coordination to a room by using similar materials throughout your furniture selections. Working with similar wood tones, for example, gives the room harmony without needing to match furniture design styles. Consider using touches of those same tones in a ceiling fan or lighting fixtures, too.

Designing for Kiddos

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Achieving a modern design in a child's rooms can be a challenge. The clutter of childhood may inevitably take over, but you can still take advantage of a modern aesthetic by choosing contemporary pieces with clean styling that serve function as well as form. Incorporate plenty of storage to hide the toys away, and this room can grow right along with them.

Layer it On

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Modern design doesn't have to mean completely streamlined. Add warmth and character by layering different textures and materials. Warm wood and brass and textured linens invite you to lay down take a nap. Add quirky touches with accessories like a retro clock or unique pendant light.

Wallflowers and Shadows

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When you need functional bedside lighting with a modern aesthetic, simpler is better. Slender bases and aerodynamic shades provide strong, direct task light for reading in bed, while the unobtrusive design lets other pieces in the room stand out.

Shape Your Design

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Keep shapes in mind when selecting furniture and decor items. Coordinating the shapes of small design accessories can visually tie objects in your room together. Matching a rounded table with a rounded lamp and vase, for example, to make the tablescape seem intentional and part of the overall design plan.

Clear the Table

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Bedroom wall sconces are a great way to add light without taking up valuable real estate from your bedside table. Skip the expensive electrician for hard-wired sconces and get a pinup fixture that plugs into any outlet. With the right fixture, the exposed cord can be part of the design instead something to hide.

Let it Flow

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When choosing a bed frame for a modern design, look for simple presentations, devoid of ornate detailing. Whether a platform or a raised bed frame, the clean lines offer a feeling of openness, making the room feel more airy.

Whitewash It

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If you have a particular piece of furniture you would like to emphasize, a great way to draw the eye is to make all the other pieces in the room the same color; especially white. The stark contrast emphasizes the difference between the featured item and the monotone accessories, be it bedding, walls, furniture or all of the above.

Wood and Walls

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One thing to consider in a modern bedroom design is the color tone of any wood in the room. Some woods have more orange tones, while others have more grey or blue tones. Once you've made room color choices, try to coordinate the shade of any wood pieces within that same color family.

Brighten Up Your Bed

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If you're someone who likes to lounge in bed, versatile bedside lighting is a must. Diffused LED lighting is a good consideration as it helps cut down on glare, which is great for electronic devices. Look for features like extendable arms and dimmer elements so you can get the right amount of light for what you're doing.

Shapely Chic

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Wanting to go ultra-modern? Think outside the box with your design, particularly in regards to lighting. Curving, unusual shapes that stray away from the classic post and bulb look add high style to any room.

Illuminate Your Reflection

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Two key features to any great closet space are a good wardrobe mirror and proper lighting. A great option is a lighted mirror, particularly one that allows you to change the light level and even color, to mimic certain times of day or environments.

Gauge and Measure

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Many contemporary beside tables will be at a wrong height or scale for low-slung modern beds. Make sure that the height, scale and design of your bedside tables are balanced with those of the bed.

Whether you're designing a cohesive ultra-modern bedroom or just incorporating a few modern design touches into your overall design plan, there are so many different variations on the style available. There's no one-size-fits-all, so find what you like and make modern design your own.